The course consists of 12 two-hour modules of oral and written theoretical classes, and 15 practical in-car driving sessions. The whole process takes 13 months and it is impossible to shorten the term, since the training is conducted strictly according to the official program approved by the Ministry of Transportation of Quebec.
Driving Course Outline:
The course begins with a theoretical phase, which includes 5 theoretical modules. At the end of the first phase after the fifth module, there is an exam at the school, based on what was learned thus far. After passing this test, the student driver gets the first certification from the driving school.
Based on this certification, the SAAQ gives the driving student a temporary learner’s permit. This permit allows the student to practice with a driving instructor, or by being accompanied by another person who has at least 2 years of driving experience in Quebec.
To get your Learner’s License you must:
- Complete Phase 1 of the driving course
- Present two documents of identification
- Pass a vision test
- Fill out a medical deceleration
- Provide a written consent of your parents, if you are under 18 years old
Phases 2, 3 and 4 of this program are a mixture of theory and practice. After each subsequent theoretical module, you will pass through two in-car practice sessions.
After 10 months from the date in which you received the Learner’s Permit, the theoretical part will be done and you will be ready to take the theory test at the SAAQ.
To pass the knowledge test you must:
- Have held a learner’s licence for at least 10 months.
- Register online or by phone for your appointment.
*If you fail the knowledge test, you must wait at least 28 days before trying again.
After 12 months following receipt of your Learner’s License, you will finish the course and get a second certification from your driving school, allowing you to advance to the final step; the Practical Exam.
In order to successfully pass the road test you must practice driving as often as possible in various road and weather conditions (day/night, summer/winter, etc.).
Things to keep in mind while taking the road test:
- You must abide by the road’s rules, such as speed limits, road signs, etc.
- Be alert and pay close attention to the road and to your surroundings.
- Be mindful of other drivers and pedestrians, and make your intentions known ahead of time.
- Keep a safe stopping distance from other vehicles.
If you were successful at passing the practical test, you will receive the Probationary License (permis probatoire) for a period of 2 years. By possessing the Probationary License, you will be able to drive all the roads in Canada on your own, as long as you have less than 4 demerit point in your driving record.